Roberta E. Dakin, 93, died Monday, July 18, 2011 at Harbor Hill Center, with her loving family by her side. She was born March 23, 1918 in Belfast, the daughter of Edwin F. and Hazel M. (Greenlaw) Flanders.

She graduated from Crosby High School in 1935 and Waldo County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. On Dec. 28, 1940 she married the love of her life Emery A. Dakin, together they raised their family. Roberta also worked as an RN, doing private nursing care, school nursing care and also worked for Castine Hospital.

She was a member for more than 50 years of the United Methodist Church of Searsport. She served as the chairwoman for 36 years of the ZA Circle, a women’s group of the United Methodist Church of Searsport, and meetings of the group have been held at her home for the last 33 years. She is a past member of the Rebekah’s.

She is survived by her children, Linda Johnson and her husband John of Colorado, Howard Dakin and his wife Brenda of Belfast, William Dakin and his wife Denise of Stockton Springs, and Floyd Dakin of Winterport; a daughter-in-law, Doreen Dakin of Indiana; grandchildren, Angelika “Angie” McAbee and her husband Kenneth, Veronika (Ronnie) Wilcox and her husband Jerry, all of Virginia, Annabell (Bobbie) Jacox and Scotty Loper, Katharina (Kathy) Monski, Richard Dakin and his wife Jennifer, Natascha (Taschi) Lightfoot and her husband Rodney, and Christina (Tina) Garcia, all of Colorado, Lisa Sweet and her husband Steven of Windham, Michael Napoleone and his wife Lisa of Saco, John Johnson and his wife Annette of Colorado, Christopher Dakin and his wife Cheri of Searsport, Stephanie Cartier and her husband Robert of Waldo, Clinton Dakin, George Dakin and Chelsea Herrick, all of Stockton Springs, Shawn Dakin and his wife Debbie of Searsport, and Stepheny Merando and her husband Matthew of Belfast; 31 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Geraldine Molis of Massachusetts; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence “Bev” Dakin and his wife Donna of Searsport and Earl Deane of Camden; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Roberta was predeceased by her husband in 1994; one son, Emery E. Dakin; one daughter, Elaine M. Napoleone; and one sister, Helen Brock.

Family and friends will gather for visitation Friday, July 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport. A funeral service will be held Saturday July 23, at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Searsport, 42 East Main St. Searsport.

Memorial contributions in Roberta’s memory may be made to the ZA Circle in care of The United Methodist Church of Searsport, PO Box 169, Searsport, ME 04974 or to the church itself, at the same address.